Existing is exhausting. Endless empathy and engagement is expected of everyone. You’ve got to be aware of all the complicated, horrific things in the world, don’t you? Even if they’re absolutely nothing to do with you? The only thing worse than trying is not trying, and vice-versa. Watch award-winning, five-star comedian Pierre Novellie bring some intellectual levity to various absolutely appalling subjects with new Fringe, You’re Expected to Care. He also spoke with The Fountain about his show in more depth and his plans for this month.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?

In recent years I’ve started to get more excited aboutseeing comedy friends and seeing their shows and less trepidatious concerning my own show, which is probably the best way around to be.

TF: You’re Expected To Care certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

I’m exhausted by having to care about the myriad of awful things in the world and so are you, so it’s mostly a show about those horrible things.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

I normally do quite intellectual observational comedy and I rarely mention sex or controversial stuff onstage, so I thought it would be interesting to do a show where a lot of it is about ISIS and pornography.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?

Any first time performers: make sure you see as much other stuff as possible and don’t get fixated on your own stuff.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond You’re Expected To Care?

To return to London triumphant, having done so well at the Edinburgh Fringe that it is cancelled forever, the city razed and salt sown into the earth, such that people in future will not believe there was ever a festival there at all.

You can see Pierre Novellie: Youre Expected To Care at Pleasance Courtyard until 25th August at 19:15. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com